COVID-19 Protocols Instrumental Ensembles and Studio Classes
Social distancing should occur as suggested by the CDC. Currently that distance is a 6x6 foot space around each student with the student sitting in the center.
Rehearsals may be offered outdoors at the discretion of the professor.
Masks covering both mouth and nose are required for faculty and student.
At this time, it appears that if players wear surgical style masks with a slit for mouthpiece AND bell covers, aerosol emission is reduced.
Masks may only to be removed when playing their instrument if necessary. In instrument groups where a mask cannot physically be worn while playing, the mask should be removed in a manner that allows the mask to be replaced back on the face quickly and efficiently.
Masks should be worn by all faculty and students prior to entering the BAC.
No talking should occur in the room without a mask covering mouth and nose.
Faculty will keep their voices at a low conversational volume and use an amplification system. Students will ask questions in a low conversational volume with a mask.
Length of Rehearsals
All large ensemble rehearsals are schedule within a 75-minute block. Within those rehearsals, ensembles will rehearse for 30 minutes, followed by clearing the room for a minimum of 20 minutes for the HVAC system to change the air indoors with outside air, then returning to the rehearsal room to complete the remainder of the rehearsal.
Faculty and students are expected to wash their hands with soap/water or hand sanitizer prior to entering a rehearsal.
Faculty and students are responsible for cleaning their individual areas, including music stands, and other surfaces they used in each rehearsal via disinfectant wipes before and after each rehearsal.
Practice water key etiquette. Drape water valve and collect condensate in a disposable towel.
Rehearsal Room Set-up
Straight lines will be used for all ensembles.
Risers will not be used.
Students will stand all facing the same direction, back to front. Only cellos, bassoons, and tubas will use chairs.
Trombones should have an additional three feet of distancing, making their space 9x6.
At the end of rehearsals, individuals will put away their chair and stand after disinfection.
The maximum number of people allowed in the rehearsal rooms will be posted as soon as the occupancy rate has been established by the Administration and Physical Plant.
Storage areas should be managed to limit the number of students at a time in the room. Anyone who enters the room should bring a 70% alcohol wipe to wipe all surfaces before and after touching. The wipe should be discarded properly upon leaving the storage area.
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